The day I was able to look in the mirror without criticising or commenting on a flaw was the day I realized my relationship to my body had been radically changed. Until that moment, I couldn’t remember a time before the age of 10 where I hadn’t engaged in some form of negative self-talk. I knew what had helped me get to this place. It was the result of a consistent yoga practice , not just on the mat, but the philosophy and the community. I am now inspired to share and support others , especially with you,
I know this may sound like an impossible achievement, so I am here to support you rediscover a happy and healthy relationship with food and your body.
Let me introduce myself. I’m Tammy.
I’m a yoga teacher, eating psychology and body image coach. I educate and inspire women, just like you, to step into their truth and live from their hearts.
I want this not only for you, so that your own life improves, but so we can make a cultural shift and change the lives of our children.
I recently found my diary that I kept at age 13. I had written I was fat, worthless and unloved. I weighed myself daily and documented my calorie intake. I got an exercise bike for my 14th birthday and that was the start of an obsession with fitness. I was an over-worrier, a perfectionist and believed that eating little was being healthy. But the daily hunger would result in night-time binging.
I attended my first yoga class at the age of 16 (in 1998) in pursuit of the perfect body. Madonna and Jennifer Aniston were doing it and I wanted to look like them. It was another thing to facilitate self-improvement, with the intention of not only becoming strong, toned and flexible, I would also become more relaxed, patient and happier. I explored different styles of yoga over the years, when in 2005 I started practicing the Dynamic Yoga Training Method. Through this method I understood that yoga is not about self-improvement but rather self-enquiry. And while I did become stronger and more flexible, in both my mind and my body, yoga gave me a deeper sense of who I am, with a continuous, open, enquiry into being totally comfortable with all that I am and all that is happening. I completed the Dynamic Yoga (training method) teacher training with Godfrey Devereux (originator of D.Y.T.M) in 2007, spent several summers apprenticing at Windfire Yoga retreat and completed a 60 hour mentoring programme with Jo Kemp (senior teacher of the Dynamic Yoga Training Method) at the Nowbeyoga space in Spain. As well as working with an Ayurvedic Healer in Kerala, India.
I was working in London as a designer for a well-renowned fashion label at the time, where the culture was really image obsessed. Trying every kind of diet possible, all masked under “being healthy” and still working out obsessively I suffered from digestive upset, chronic stress, low immunity and extreme bloating.
I began learning about nutrition and started to eat proper meals, realising the intense workouts were actually stressing my body. I began to tune into my body with sensitivity and honesty, letting my body speak for once. My body weight regulated, the bloating gone, my mood and energy levels peaked.
After a relocation to Los Angeles, I volunteered teaching yoga at an established eating disorder clinic in Beverly Hills, but in my daily life I was meeting women, who had the ‘ideal body’ but couldn’t see it. They were on a quest for perfectionism. It was at this point I decided to study the Psychology of Eating. I knew that so many women were trapped in their minds, fixated on food and body image. But these challenges were just a doorway to something deeper. How we do anything is how we do everything, and our relationship with food can reveal a great deal about our relationship to life.
Through my Training at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating I discovered powerful cutting-edge tools and protocols that enable me to work with weight issues, body image challenges, overeating, binge eating, and a variety of nutrition related health concerns such as digestion, fatigue, mood, immunity, and others. My work combines the powerful new fields of Dynamic Eating Psychology and Mind-Body Nutrition together with Ayurveda, Advaita, Non-violent Communication and Compassionate Thinking. My approach uses practical coaching techniques, results-oriented psychology, clinical nutrition, body-centered practices and mind-body science.
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I look forward to meeting you, Tammy xx